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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Traveling Solo

Enjoying a crepe on Rue St. Honore in Paris.

I loved traveling alone.  Below are a few reasons why you should do it yourself.
  1. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.  We constantly have to accomodate someone - a boss, a friend, family member, or even a pet - for most of our lives.  When do you ever get to set your schedule for more than one day?  I pretty much went to a museum every other day in Europe, not a lot of people have the patience or interest to do that.  
  2. You learn to think on your own.  Unless you have a tour guide with you at all times, no one is there to hold your hand to tell you what to do or how to get somewhere.
  3. You take more initiative to talk to random strangers because you get tired of being alone.  At the same time, you'll also get to decide when you want "me" time.
  4. In connection to number 3, you learn about other people.  As you do this, you will start to realize that no matter how different someone's background is, you can find common ground with them.
  5. You will gain new interests.  You will most likely see, hear or taste something you've never done or had before.
  6. Booking last minute travel plans is so much easier to do.  A ticket for "one" should rarely be a problem.
  7. You will humble yourself constantly when you have to ask for help, which is perfectly acceptable.  A lot of people are pretty helpful and more than happy to help.  No one has ever declined to help me.
  8. You set your own budget.  For example, if you want to stay at a 5-star hotel or a hostel, that's your own decision.
  9. You will have so much fun despite what happens and have plenty of stories to tell your friends.
  10. Since traveling solo can be challenging at times, you will feel you can accomplish anything, and do it all over again!
Even though I have enumerated all the reasons why one should have the courage to travel solo, please always do research before you go to a country, especially if you are a woman.

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